Online haven gives HOPE to YOUTH struggling with mental illness

Based on Epoch Times Article

When considering how to improve mental health services for students, policy makers must be cognizant of the specific behaviours and habits of teens and young adults, says Aubé. In her case, she avoided talking to the school counsellor because she felt an adult couldn’t relate and wouldn’t be able to offer useful guidance. Fear of stigma amongst her peers and being labelled as “crazy” was also a block to seeking help.

Costly medications and therapy sessions aren’t always an option for young adults, many of whom work minimum wage jobs or are living on their own for the first time, she adds. This treatment gap has brought many youth who have already been diagnosed with a mental illness to her website, often as a last resort when they couldn’t find effective support elsewhere.

“I find that the traditional way [of getting help] is really intimidating for teens, and because there’s not the relatable aspect, that’s what teens are craving,” says Aubé. “We want to feel like we’re in this together.”

There is a new online support group launched by Emily Aubé, a university student and mental health activist who hails from Barrie, Ontario.anxietyfreecommunity pic

Online Haven Gives Hope to Youth Struggling With Mental Illness: 


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The pressure of graduating from one level of schooling to another can put mental and emotional strain on students, causing their stress level to double. Psychotherapist Carmen Littlejohn and clinical director of Helix Healthcare GroupJesse Hanson join us with stress tips.

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What is an ideal diet for interview candidates?

Sugar is the Main Fuel for the Brain for Peak Interview Performance

Based on Janel P. P. | Article on LinkedIn

What is an ideal diet for interview candidates? This question has been raised several times. 

Take plenty of water. 
Green Tea or Coffee with a little full fat milk
Fruit: Grapefruit, apples, cherries, oranges, and grapes have a low glycemic index. Fruits have a lower G.I. than fruit juices, because the fiber in the fruit slows the absorption of the fruit sugar. A whole apple will be more brain-friendly than apple juice; a whole orange better than orange juice. Freshly-made juice containing a lot of pulp is more brain-friendly than filtered juice
Vegetables: Legumes, such as soybeans, kidney beans, chick peas, and lentils have the lowest glycemic index of any food. Potatoes and carrots have a much higher G.I.
Cereals and grains: Oatmeal and bran have the lowest G.I. Other foods with a favorable G.I.are spaghetti and rice.
Protein: Eggs, Greek Yogurt (sugar free)
Fat: Organic Coconut oil, Avocado or Olive Oil

In a technical interview your brain is under immense pressure to do the following:

  • Interpret questions
  • Respond appropriately to questions
  • Recall facts and figures
  • Make numerical calculations
  • Make reasoning deductions
  • Recall processes linearly
  • Remain perceptive
  • Use intuition
  • Anticipate further questions
  • Remain personable

Recent research has proven that you can recharge your brain for better performance and definitely to do all that I have mentioned above. Your brain needs constant activity, nutrients from certain foods, water and oxygen to work.

Read: Sugar is the Main Fuel for the Brain for Peak Interview Performance | Janel P. P. | LinkedIn.

Researchers create formula that predicts happiness

The Globe and Mail

Are you happy? Scientists suggest they can compute the answer.

A team of researchers at University College London have come up with a new one-line equation to predict people’s happiness from moment to moment.

Their work, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, offers a mathematical solution to explain a fickle and elusive human emotion.

Researchers create formula that predicts happiness – The Globe and Mail.

Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For


According to Statistics Canada, anxiety is one of the most prevalent mental health disorders in the country and is usually chronic and generally lasts at least six months.If left untreated, anxiety can get worse over time and people may not feel comfortable doing day-to-day routines like going to work or openly communicating with their partners.

While there are several symptoms of anxiety, Masand says they can be broken down to psychological and physical ones. Everything from irregular sleeping patterns to constantly fearing something in your life may be signs of anxiety disorder.

Masand says there are also several misconceptions about anxiety in the medical world. He believes not all forms of anxiety can be harmful, but rather they can help us stay focused and productive when we’re dealing with fears, for example. People suffering from anxiety, however, are also aware of the stigma. Telling someone to“calm down” or relating to them with your own stress, can all be viewed as annoying and unhelpful to someone with anxiety.

Anxiety Symptoms: 10 Common Signs To Watch Out For.

Related reading from around the Web:

 Anxiety Symptoms – Anxiety Attacks
 15 Small Steps You Can Take Today to Improve Anxiety Symptoms …
 Generalized Anxiety Disorder: Get the Facts on Symptoms
 Anxiety symptoms, panic attacks symptoms and treatment of anxiety …
 Symptoms | Anxiety and Depression Association of America, ADAA

 Stress and anxiety: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia


A stunning map of depression rates around the world

The Washington Post
Redder countries have higher depression rates. Bluer countries have lower depression rates. (Max Fisher/The Washington  Post)

 The Middle East and North Africa suffer the world’s highest depression rates, according to a new  study by researchers at Australia’s University of Queensland — and it’s costing people in the region  years off their lives.

 The study, published this week in the journal PLOS Medicine, used data on the prevalence, incidence  and duration of depression to determine the social and public health burden of the disorder around the world. Globally, they found, depression is the second-leading cause of disability, with slightly more than 4 percent of the world’s population diagnosed with it. The map at the top of this page shows how much of the population in each country has received a diagnosis of clinical depression.

Of course, researchers didn’t go out and test everyone for clinical depression; rather, they used preexisting data. That means we’re not looking at rates of clinical depression, exactly, so much as the rate at which people are diagnosed with clinical depression. People who live in countries with greater awareness of and easier access to mental health services, then, are naturally going to be diagnosed at a higher rate. That may help explain the unusually low rate in Iraq, for example, where public health services are poor. Taboos against mental health disorders may also drive down diagnosis rates, for example in East Asia, artificially lowering the study’s measure of clinical depression’s prevalence in that region. The paper further cautions that reliable depression surveys don’t even exist for some low-income countries — a common issue with global studies — forcing the researchers to come up with their own estimates based on statistical regression models.

A stunning map of depression rates around the world – The Washington Post.

Managers need to walk the talk to help staff find balance


Courtesy: Special Report by HARVEY SCHACHTER  on The Globe and Mail: Published Thursday, Jun. 19 2014,

If you’re serious about achieving a healthier work-life balance, you have to be willing to set the example. If you are a Manager or Team leader, “Employees watch what a supervisor does and will mimic it. To get the entire workplace to follow, managers must exhibit balance,”

Harvey Sahachter  suggests the following seven excellent tips to help them do that.

1. Encourage employees to take those unused vacation days.

Employees are leaving a lot of vacation days unused, sometimes because they don’t feel they have the time for a vacation and sometimes because they want to cash them in for money. Either way, it’s a bad precedent, as they aren’t getting the time away from work they need so they can prosper. She blames our workaholic culture. She recalls considering an Italian vacation and being told not to take it in August because the country essentially shuts down as everyone heads for the beach. “Other countries have figured it out better than us,” she said.

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Managers need to walk the talk to help staff find balance – The Globe and Mail.

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease

The Globe and Mail

The No. 1 reason for hospitalization in Canada is childbirth. The most commonly performed surgery in this country is the cesarean section.

Those facts should give us all a case of morning sickness. And they should prompt a lot of hard questions.

Is pregnancy a disease? Is a hospital really the best place to give birth? Are women ending up there by choice or by default? Is surgery actually required to deliver one in every five babies?

There were 389,822 live births in Canada in 2012-13, according to Statistics Canada; there were 369,454 births in hospitals, according to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI).

The balance were home births or babies born in birthing centres not located in a hospital. (Also, Statscan counts actual babies; for CIHI, multiple births – twins and up – count as a single birth.)

It’s time to stop treating pregnancy like a disease – The Globe and Mail.

Fake Tinder nurse promotes men’s health awareness – Your Community

In an attempt to promote Men’s Health Awareness Month this June, the Matches for Men’s Health project is tapping into the world of online dating to remind young men about the importance of getting screened for preventable health problems.
The project’s creators recently set up a fake profile for a character named “Nurse Nicole” on Tinder, a location-based mobile dating app popular among adults.
A beautiful, 28-year-old health care worker, Nurse Nicole’s profile looks like many others found on the site: “Nurse in NYC,” her bio reads. “Love dogs, warm weather, and spontaneous decisions :)”

While it’s true that Nicole is on Tinder to meet men, she’s not interested in dating anybody at the moment — something that becomes startlingly clear to the men who swiped right on her profile when they begin chatting with her.

Fake Tinder nurse promotes men’s health awareness – Your Community.